More coffee! More coffee!
Yesterday’s article on new third-wave coffee bars and roasters in Los Angeles sparked a flurry of letters, emails and comments nominating other worthy cafés and roasters (some still in the works) that deserved mention and should be on the map. So here are a couple of additions.
Portola Coffee Lab
Description: high-concept ‘lab’ for coffee in sleek digs at the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa, featuring mostly organic and fair trade coffees, and offering multiple brewing methods, including the mad-sexy Slayer espresso machine.
Proprietor: Jeff Duggan
Brewing methods: Hario pourover bar, Hario halogen-heated siphon bar, and Japanese-style slow drip iced coffee.
Location: 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa
Phone: (949) 284-0596
Description: own-sourced direct trade coffee, with an emphasis on high-end Central America.
Proprietor: Mike & Cindy Perry; parents of Heather Perry, director of training and perennial barista champion.
Brewing methods: pourover, drip, siphon – their website has an excellent introduction to home brewing methods.
Espresso machine: La Marzocco Linea
Location: Three locations: Ontario, San Dimas, Rancho Cucamonga; soon to be installed at LAX.
Phone: (909) 981-4031
And we learned that two third-wave roasters will soon be opening their own cafes. Handsome Coffee Roasters (handsomecoffee.com) is three fetching lads with barista backgrounds who roast their own beans and have a traveling popup coffeeshop for hire -- and in October, they say, they'll have a café in downtown L.A.’s arts district.
And True Beans (truebeans.com) in Long Beach is a certified organic micro-roaster with a fidelity to varietal and regional expression (hence the name). Their beans are turning up in Whole Foods Markets and other specialty shops in the area; plans are in the works to open a cafe at their roasting facility at Catalina Landing.
Photo credit: Mariah Tauger, Los Angeles Times